Tips on Tree Trimming

Tips on Tree Trimming. We recommend, and in some cases require, that the use of certain tools, cutting techniques and pruning methods be followed, and sets the standard definitions for terms.


  • Remember that poor tree pruning can cause damage that lasts for the life of the tree.
  • Assess your trees after a thunderstorm to see if there is pruning or removal is needed.


  • Prune without a good reason
  • Remove any more than 25 percent of foliage during a growing season.
  • Prune a newly planted tree for the first year, unless you are removing dead or broken branches.
  • Prune within 10 feet of a electricity conductor – leave it to the pros.
  • Try to tackle a pruning job that requires a chain saw and ladder work – leave it to the pros.
  • Leave branch stubs, or cut off the branch collar
  • Climb the tree with climbing spikes
  • Use wound paint
  • Strip out inner foliage and branches

Improper pruning can lead to disease or pest problems. So before you start, it’s important to understand exactly how to trim a tree.

When branches are removed properly, the wounds will callus over making a nice thick circle all the way around the cut.

It’s important for the call to assess the tree correctly in order to protect the tree from problems down the road, like rot caused by water pooling in the wound.

Specific types of pruning may be necessary to maintain a mature tree in a healthy, safe, and attractive condition.

Cleaning is the removal of dead, dying, diseased, weakly attached, and low-vigor branches from the crown of a tree.

Thinning is selective branch removal to improve structure and to increase light penetration and air movement through the crown. Proper thinning opens the foliage of a tree, reduces weight on heavy limbs, and helps retain the tree’s natural shape.

Reduction reduces the size of a tree, often for utility line clearance. Reducing a tree’s height or spread is best accomplished by pruning back the leaders and branch terminals to secondary branches that are large enough to assume the terminal roles (at least one-third the diameter of the cut stem).

Tips on Tree Trimming

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